(Repeats fixing typo in para 19) * Cavendish out to win first Olympic medal * Froome eyeing road gold * Trott leads women's track team (Adds details, quotes) By Martyn Herman LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) - Mark Cavendish will get the chance to claim a long-awaited Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro this year after being named in Britain's track cycling team on Friday. The 30-year-old, the most prolific road sprinter of his generation with 26 Tour de France stage wins, will take part in the multi-discipline omnium event in the Rio velodrome. Cavendish, who will ride he Tour de France for Team Dimension Data, missed out on a road race medal at the London 2012 Olympics and in the Madison in Beijing eight years ago when partnering Bradley Wiggins.
Posted: June 24, 2016, 4:16 pm

Britain Cycling - Team GB - Rio 2016 Cycling Team Announcement - The National Cycling Centre, Sportcity, Manchester - 24/6/16
Great Britain's Mark Cavendish poses
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By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Mark Cavendish will get the chance to claim a long-awaited Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro this year after being named in Britain's track cycling team on Friday. The 30-year-old, the most prolific road sprinter of his generation with 26 Tour de France stage wins, will take part in the multi-discipline omnium event in the Rio velodrome. Cavendish, who will ride he Tour de France for Team Dimension Data, missed out on a road race medal at the London 2012 Olympics and in the Madison in Beijing eight years ago when partnering Bradley Wiggins.


Posted: June 24, 2016, 3:29 pm

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, Kristin Armstrong, of the United States, takes a turn as she competes in the women's elite time trials at the UCI Road World Championships cycling races in Richmond, Va. Armstrong was chosen to the U.S. roster for the Rio Olympics on Thursday, June 23, 2016, joining a powerhouse womens road team. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Kristin Armstrong will have an opportunity to chase her third straight time trial gold medal in Rio, perhaps the final chapter in a decorated cycling career spanning four Olympics and two brief retirements. Armstrong was chosen for the U.S. Olympic roster Thursday, joining a powerhouse women's road team that includes world bronze medalist Megan Guarnier, Evie Stevens and Mara Abbott. Armstrong stepped away from the sport after winning gold in London, but announced another comeback in time for last year's world championships in Richmond, Virginia.


Posted: June 23, 2016, 10:29 pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday Russian weightlifters would challenge a ban imposed on them by the International Weightlifting Federation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Russian news agencies reported. The appeal will be filed by the Russian Weightlifting Federation, TASS news agency cited Mutko as saying. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova)
Posted: June 23, 2016, 5:39 pm
MOSCOW, June 23 (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport will hear appeals against doping bans imposed on Russian weightlifters by the International Weightlifting Federation on July 6, R-Sport agency cited Russian weightlifting champion Alexei Lovchev as saying on Thursday. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova)
Posted: June 23, 2016, 9:02 am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian athletes will file a class action suit against a ban imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations to the Court of Arbitration for Sport next week, TASS news agency cited Russian Athletics Federation General Secretary Mikhail Butov as saying on Thursday. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Maria Tsvetkova)
Posted: June 23, 2016, 7:00 am

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaks during an interview with Reuters in Moscow, Russia, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko said a decision by the International Weightlifting Federation to ban Russia weightlifters from the Rio Olympics was like "a psychotic episode", R-Sport news agency reported on Thursday. "It is a psychotic episode, as if it is dictated, accompanied by a departure from the principals and norms," R-Sport quoted Mutko as saying. "How can you punish a team which should go to the Olympic Games in 2016 for violations from 2008 or 2012? I don't know." (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Maria Tsvetkova)


Posted: June 23, 2016, 6:31 am
Olympic champion Dani King criticised British Cycling's "unfair" selection process after she was left out the country's road race team for the Rio Games, British media reported. The Daily Telegraph reported that the three spots in the British team for the women's road race are set be filled by world champion Lizzie Armitstead, Nikki Harris and Emma Pooley.
Posted: June 22, 2016, 3:52 pm

FILE - This is a Sunday, July 26, 2015 file photo of race winner Britain's Chris Froome kisses the trophy as he stands on the podium at the end of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris. Defending champion Chris Froome will enjoy the support of a Team Sky squad featuring strong climbers at the Tour de France starting in July 2016 . Aiming to win cyclings showpiece race for a third time, Froome will be joined by Sergio Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Mikel Landa, Mikel Nieve, Wout Poels, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas on the roads of France this summer. ( AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)

Defending champion Chris Froome will enjoy the support of a Team Sky squad featuring strong climbers at the Tour de France next month. Aiming to win cycling's showpiece race for a third time, Froome will be joined by Sergio Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Mikel Landa, Mikel Nieve, Wout Poels, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas on the roads of France this summer.


Posted: June 22, 2016, 3:38 pm
Tour de France champion Chris Froome said he was "hungrier than ever" to win the race for a third time after being named on Wednesday as Team Sky's leader for next month's edition. Froome, who won in 2013 and last year, leads a powerful looking Sky team built to steer him to the yellow jersey when racing begins at Mont-Saint-Michel on July 2.
Posted: June 22, 2016, 1:14 pm

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